This patch irons out the couple showstopping bugs that slipped into the beta, fixes missing/wrong voices, adds more social engineering functionality...
The Future. Benevolent God-AI runs the world? League of Evil Asshole Masterminds manages the clockwork Earth from the shadows?
Nope. Just a lot of buggy paramilitary drones blowing up schools, incompetent elite wrecking the planet with endless financial crises, and mass unemployment as robots shove workers out of offices and into endless breadlines run out of bread in bankrupt states. Yeah, it's a mess.
There's a Tahrir Square, an Occupy Revolution every day as robots replace 60% of humans in the workplace and crushing austerity measures create unresolvable social unrest and upheaval. Countless popular and revolutionary movements have sprung up across the planet -- from grass-roots resistances like World Class War to Humanitarian NGOs like Fenix foundation to armed-insurgents like the Washingtonians. But as New York, London, and Tokyo crumble into Detroit-like necropolises scarred by class warfare between jobless insurgents and robotic riot-soldiers, trillionaires bunker into the "Pluto-claves" -- private cities run by AI and defended by fleets of autonomous drones armed with gatling railguns and tactical nukes. The Archangels' smartbombs wipe a dozen Occupy Movement-saturated blocks off the Manhattan map, daily. The class war is stacked against the 99% as the kleptocrats have holed up behind a dozen feet of steel and Skynet armies that make the Pentagon look like a posse of peashooters.
But as veteran hackers will tell you -- no security perimeter is fully impermeable. Machines run the world, but no machine is foolproof. There's always a back door, a security hole.
Take on the role of an operative in the Hex Gen network, a decentralized movement of hacktivists resisting the economic pillaging conducted by the unholy alliances of Big Tech, Big Military, and Big Finance. United over a loose constellation of ad-hoc mesh-internets, Hex Gen (AKA Generation Hex) are a new class of freedom fighter. Though necessarily shrouded in secrecy, Hex Gen thus far is the only group to have carried out successful attacks against the Plutos. They've dealt crippling DDoS attacks to crooked corporations, tanked corrupt investment banks with electronic financial manipulation and successfully taken control of drones and androids in the armies of CyberSec -- the leading "counter-insurgency" military/law enforcement contractor. Still, some believe Hex Gen is just a gang of criminals and thieves in it for their own profit. Perhaps time will tell.
Ubiquitous 3D fabrication means everything from smartphones to TVs to cars can be printed in your living room. The Marxist Egalitarians have declared the Age of Abundance -- except the Copyright Cartels have bought ownership to not only every mp3, movie, and book ever written, but also the "fabprints" to every physical object as well, and won't hesitate to have a Predator drop a hellfire missile on your home if you're caught pirating a Honda Civic. Oh, and Big Agro also owns every species of plague-resistant food crop in the plant and animal kingdoms. Starvation, they say, is the ultimate motivator.
The superhighway to the Future is leading toward a sixteen car pileup, and no one's behind the wheel but idiotic megalomaniacs making their Golden Parachutes as Rome burns and crap software hacked together by low-paid Chinese sweatshops. Fasten your seatbelt.
Will you join the code warriors, the Info-Pirates and rip the global kingpins a new one with your wits and technological know-how, or will you become a Made Man with the white-shoe Monopolists, live it large in orbital villas far away from the artificial famines below?
* Facial, vocal biometric capture devices
* "Nohface" electronic face projector for thwarting surveillance/drones which cover almost every inch of city
* Wireless internet-Darknets: all web activity is fully surveilled, thus you need stealth not only in meatspace but in cyberspace
* More types of hacking: cryptography, DDoS, spoofing.
* Write your own malware, unleash it on the internet to infect machines to create your own botnet army.
* Hunger: experience real economic destitution as you slowly die of starvation and are forced to beg, steal, or even kill for a piece of bread.
* DIY: Upgrade your hemp trenchcoat with solar trim, syphon electricity from the private power grid.
* Mechanical hacking: Take apart old phones and radios to hack together an EMP gun, reverse engineer a captured police-state drone into your own personal bodyguard.
* Nature Punk: set up a hydroponic garden in your squatted flat so you don't have to kill for every meal.
* Biohacking: play God with your own DNA to give yourself bone-hammer knuckles, bat-like sonar, or cheetah-like musculoskeletal structure. Just be careful not to turn yourself into Frankenstein or give yourself an artificial cancer!
I'm right now a one man army here working two other jobs, so if you can spare some help or a donation to help me focus on this mod it would be hugely appreciated!
The Terminus Machina patch 1.1 is out! This patch irons out the couple showstopping bugs that slipped into the beta, fixes missing/wrong voices, adds more social engineering functionality, and more. Note that you need to install Terminus Machina first then apply the patch.
Bug fixes include:
- Big Bouncer convo no longer freeze/crashes game
- Flushing toilet shouldn’t flush
- Sattelite dish doesn't turn
- Maps save with correct location text
- Correct updated credits.- Soyfoods give calories
- Skill points don't carry from training
- Recipe on hex gen network for lockpick and multitool now downloads
- Washingtonian audio levels / missing lines fixed
- Journalist – CyberSec convo now starts
- Repeating McSwift Clerk skill point award fixed
- Repeating Kwajalein, Shirley, Tron lines fixed.
- Shirley gives ten silvers after bot mission
- New club music
- Spy on Kwajalein mission less impossible (enemies less likely to detect during eavesdropping)
- Faces no longer disappear when picking up a face file from NPCs and during convos
- Added several social engineering interactions
- A bunch of other smaller reparations
At present I am operating near full capacity with my RL job(s) but I will continue to wring out what free time I can to work on TM issues. As far as the next step for Terminus Machina in particular and my game development "odyssey" in general, I can't really say at this point. Terminus Machina in its present form is in its 'Morpheus' stage, to borrow some symbolism from Deus Ex. That is, this beta is, "A prototype for a much larger system." It's a hallucinatory cyberpunk chimera produced by an ex-game designer dreaming into blog posts and .uc files and archaic BSP editors and onto Photoshop layers; often in a well-meaning but novice fashion. The new game mechanics are there, the hacking, the social manipulation, the offensive AI, all of the other pieces of 'the dream'. It's been built, and, apparently, they (players) are coming.
The initial impetus behind Terminus Machina sprang from my dissatisfaction with modern games, the apparent lack of games with the kind of game design depth, the creative intelligence, and the writing quality that Deus Ex 1 exhibited. The guiding philosophy was, "Stop complaining. Stop talking about what you want. Make it." As such, I basically went full-steam-ahead building, or striving to build, the apex of games. I sought to build the game I longed for, casting aside all excuses such as, "I don't know how," or "I don't have the time/talent". This paradigm served me well over the past sixteen months. But, as William Gibson once quoted someone else saying, "Technique eventually becomes the enemy." This damn-the-torpedos, one-man-army method can no longer continue.
What does this melodramatic speech mean, in plain English? Whether or not the 'much larger system' manifests is uncertain. However, what is certain is that I will not be able to produce it alone. I'll need my own personal Hex Gen, a "decentralized network of hacktivists", actively hacking away at Unreal Ed geometry, crowdsourcing texture files into the greater gestalt.
As the strongest items in my skillset are programming and writing, I'll continue to serve essentially in this capacity, however, the realization of a game longer than the Terminus Machina playable demo is now thrust onto the shoulders of the greater modding and game developer community. If I can drum up enough support from mappers and artists (2d/3d) at least, then, by all means, let's realize the full version of Terminus Machina! I am also open to working on some other platform, or as a completely independent non-mod game. It's open to discussion.
If the full "Helios" version of Terminus Machina is not meant to be, then I can accept that. In that case, I will likely continue to be active in the modding community, as I have loved every second of making Terminus Machina*. Perhaps I'll help with other Deus Ex mods, as the release of exceptional DX mods such as Deus Ex Nihilum has apparently rebooted great interest into modding this thirteen year old, "Golden Age of Gaming" game. I can only hope that Terminus Machina has played some small part in this renaissance of *coughthegreatestgameofalltimecough*.
Highest Rated (2 agree) 10/10
Terminus Machina is a very interesting mod, you can do things that you couldn't do in Deus Ex. It has new skins, textures, items, skills, music, and augs, as well as a level of design that is superb. Very nice mod!!!!!
Jun 8 2013, 2:05pm by Dentonoid